Music Critic Top 10 Lists – Best Albums of 2019


Below, we collect the individual year-end top ten lists published by a variety of music sources, including critics, music magazines, music shops, and more. This page will be updated at least once a day throughout December and January as new lists are published; be sure to check back frequently.

Critics pick the best albums of 2019


Recent updates:
Added Dec. 2: Scorecard launched with 20 sources

Best of 2019Below is our updated running tally of the albums most frequently mentioned by individual music publications in their year-end top ten lists.

Although many of the lists come from publications whose reviews are included on this site, we have also included extra lists from prominent music stores, websites, a few radio stations, and publications not normally found in Metacritic’s music section.

Note that if a source ranks more than the standard 10 albums, we will not include titles ranked 11th or worse. (We do include unranked lists of 11-20 items, though each album gets just one-half of a point.) In case of a tie for first or second, each album will receive the full points for that position.

Our points system works as follows:

  • 3 points for each 1st place ranking
  • 2 points for each 2nd place ranking
  • 1 point for being ranked 3rd – 10th, or for being included on an unranked list of 10 or fewer albums
  • 0.5 points for being included on an unranked list of 11-20 albums

Individual top ten lists

Below are the 20 individual top ten lists used to calculate the standings above. Some publications may list albums without ranking them; such lists are displayed below, without numbers, in alphabetical order.









































Albumism View full list
  1. All Mirrors by Angel Olsen
  2. Jimmy Lee by Raphael Saadiq
  3. Still on My Mind by Dido
  4. Ventura by Anderson .Paak
  5. Norman Fucking Rockwell by Lana Del Rey
  6. Kiwanuka by Michael Kiwanuka
  7. Remind Me Tomorrow by Sharon Van Etten
  8. Western Stars by Bruce Springsteen
  9. Quiet Signs by Jessica Pratt
  10. Dedicated by Carly Rae Jepsen
BBC Radio 6 View full list
  1. Dogrel by Fontaines D.C.
  2. Eton Alive by Sleaford Mods
  3. Kiwanuka by Michael Kiwanuka
  4. Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery by The Comet Is Coming
  5. Grey Area by Little Simz
  6. Tainted Lunch by Warmduscher
  7. The Book of Traps and Lessons by Kate Tempest
  8. Jaime by Brittany Howard
  9. Encore by The Specials
  10. Ghosteen by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Bleep View full list
  1. Ecstatic Computation by Caterina Barbieri
  2. Volume Massimo by Alessandro Cortini
  3. Flamagra by Flying Lotus
  4. Magdalene by FKA twigs
  5. Ataxia by Rian Treanor
  6. Blue Spring by Mathan Micay
  7. Lifetime by Klein
  8. uknowwhatimsayin by Danny Brown
  9. Utility by Barker
  10. Rainford by Lee “Scratch” Perry
Decibel View full list
  1. Hidden History of the Human Race by Blood Incantation
  2. Caligula by Lingua Ignota
  3. Deserted by Gatecreeper
  4. The Ruins of Fading Light by Crypt Sermon
  5. Planetary Clairvoyance by Tomb Mold
  6. Revelations of Oblivion by Possessed
  7. Hallucinogen by Blut aus Nord
  8. Divided by Darkness by Spirit Adrift
  9. Awakening by Sacred Reich
  10. Portent by False
Drift Record Shop/Deluxe Devon, UK View full list
  1. Purple Mountains by Purple Mountains
  2. Incidental Music by W.H. Lung
  3. Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest by Bill Callahan
  4. Two Hands by Big Thief
  5. UFOF by Big Thief
  6. The Age of Immunology by Vanishing Twin
  7. All Mirrors by Angel Olsen
  8. Laughing Matter by Wand
  9. Schlagenheim by Black Midi
  10. First Taste by Ty Segall
  11. Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery by The Comet Is Coming
Fopp UK View full list
  1. Remind Me Tomorrow by Sharon Van Etten
  2. Ghosteen by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  3. Magdalene by FKA twigs
  4. Two Hands by Big Thief
  5. Designer by Aldous Harding
  6. Like the River Loves the Sea by Joan Shelley
  7. Schlagenheim by Black Midi
  8. All Mirrors by Angel Olsen
  9. Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest by Bill Callahan
  10. Psychodrama by Dave
Mojo [January 2020 issue]
  1. Ghosteen by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  2. Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest by Bill Callahan
  3. Western Stars by Bruce Springsteen
  4. Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery by The Comet Is Coming
  5. Designer by Aldous Harding
  6. Dogrel by Fontaines D.C.
  7. Norman Fucking Rockwell by Lana Del Rey
  8. Schlagenheim by Black Midi
  9. Purple Mountains by Purple Mountains
  10. Rainford by Lee “Scratch” Perry
MondoSonoro Spain View full list
  1. Magdalene by FKA twigs
  2. Ghosteen by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  3. Igor by Tyler, The Creator
  4. Norman Fucking Rockwell by Lana Del Rey
  5. When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? by Billie Eilish
  6. The Book of Traps and Lessons by Kate Tempest
  7. Kiwanuka by Michael Kiwanuka
  8. i,i by Bon Iver
  9. Nothing Great About Britain by Slowthai
  10. Crush by Floating Points
Paste View full list
  1. Titanic Rising by Weyes Blood
  2. All Mirrors by Angel Olsen
  3. Remind Me Tomorrow by Sharon Van Etten
  4. Two Hands by Big Thief
  5. Magdalene by FKA twigs
  6. Jaime by Brittany Howard
  7. Dedicated by Carly Rae Jepsen
  8. Crushing by Julia Jacklin
  9. Cuz I Love You by Lizzo
  10. Atlanta Millionaires Club by Faye Webster
Piccadilly Records Manchester, UK View full list
  1. Incidental Music by W.H. Lung
  2. The Unforgiving Current by Horsebeach
  3. The Paralian by Andrew Wasylyk
  4. The Age of Immunology by Vanishing Twin
  5. De Facto by Lorelle Meets The Obsolete
  6. Night of the Worm Moon by Shana Cleveland
  7. Gece by Altın Gün
  8. Reward by Cate Le Bon
  9. Grey Area by Little Simz
  10. Stars Are the Light by Moon Duo
Prog Sphere View full list
  1. Empath by Devin Townsend
  2. A Dawn to Fear by Cult of Luna
  3. In Cauda Venenum by Opeth
  4. Arc by Diagonal
  5. Animal Choir by Her Name Is Calla
  6. Fear Inoculum by Tool
  7. Lotus by Soen
  8. Periphery IV: Hail Stan by Periphery
  9. Pitfalls by Leprous
  10. The Cocoon by Richard Henshall
The Quietus View full list
  1. For You and I by Loraine James
  2. 2020 by Richard Dawson
  3. Ecstatic Computation by Caterina Barbieri
  4. Your Wilderness Revisited by William Doyle
  5. Inside the Rose by These New Puritans
  6. The Age of Immunology by Vanishing Twin
  7. Schlagenheim by Black Midi
  8. Serfs Up! by Fat White Family
  9. The Reeling by Brìghde Chaimbeul
  10. Life Metal by Sunn O)))
Resident Music Brighton, UK View full list
  1. Incidental Music by W.H. Lung
  2. Grey Area by Little Simz
  3. When I Have Fears by The Murder Capital
  4. Ghosteen by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  5. Schlagenheim by Black Midi
  6. Dogrel by Fontaines D.C.
  7. Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery by The Comet Is Coming
  8. Nothing Great About Britain by Slowthai
  9. Anima by Thom Yorke
  10. All Mirrors by Angel Olsen
Revolver View full list
  1. Fear Inoculum by Tool
  2. We Are Not Your Kind by Slipknot
  3. Deserted by Gatecreeper
  4. A Different Shade of Blue by Knocked Loose
  5. Gold & Grey by Baroness
  6. Atonement by Killswitch Engage
  7. Satan Spits on Children of Light by Devil Master
  8. Nest by Brutus
  9. Divided by Darkness by Spirit Adrift
  10. Rammstein by Rammstein
Rough Trade Shops UK/USA View full list
  1. Dogrel by Fontaines D.C.
  2. Titanic Rising by Weyes Blood
  3. All Mirrors by Angel Olsen
  4. Grey Area by Little Simz
  5. Schlagenheim by Black Midi
  6. Eton Alive by Sleaford Mods
  7. Reward by Cate Le Bon
  8. The Age of Immunology by Vanishing Twin
  9. Ex: Re by Ex: Re
  10. Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery by The Comet Is Coming
Sister Ray Records London View full list
  1. Free by Iggy Pop
  2. Bandana by Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
  3. Reward by Cate Le Bon
  4. Schlagenheim by Black Midi
  5. Igor by Tyler, The Creator
  6. Life Metal by Sunn O)))
  7. I by Föllakzoid
  8. Ghosteen by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  9. Serfs Up! by Fat White Family
  10. Loops in the Secret Society by Jane Weaver
The Skinny Scotland View full list
  1. Ghosteen by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  2. Two Hands by Big Thief
  3. All Mirrors by Angel Olsen
  4. Cuz I Love You by Lizzo
  5. Crushing by Julia Jacklin
  6. I Am Easy to Find by The National
  7. UFOF by Big Thief
  8. Magdalene by FKA twigs
  9. When I Get Home by Solange
  10. Titanic Rising by Weyes Blood
The Sunday Times UK View full list
  1. Ghosteen by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  2. Psychodrama by Dave
  3. Magdalene by FKA twigs
  4. Remind Me Tomorrow by Sharon Van Etten
  5. When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? by Billie Eilish
  6. Jaime by Brittany Howard
  7. Norman Fucking Rockwell by Lana Del Rey
  8. Titanic Rising by Weyes Blood
  9. Grey Area by Little Simz
  10. Father of the Bride by Vampire Weekend
Time Andrew R. Chow and Raisa Bruner View full list
  1. Magdalene by FKA twigs
  2. When I Get Home by Solange
  3. UFOF by Big Thief
  4. Norman Fucking Rockwell by Lana Del Rey
  5. Hiding Places by Billy Woods and Kenny Segal
  6. When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? by Billie Eilish
  7. i,i by Bon Iver
  8. Cheap Queen by King Princess
  9. Turn to Clear View by Joe Armon-Jones
  10. Assume Form by James Blake
Uncut [January 2020 issue]
  1. Titanic Rising by Weyes Blood
  2. Ghosteen by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  3. Purple Mountains by Purple Mountains
  4. Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery by The Comet Is Coming
  5. Norman Fucking Rockwell by Lana Del Rey
  6. Like the River Loves the Sea by Joan Shelley
  7. Western Stars by Bruce Springsteen
  8. Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest by Bill Callahan
  9. UFOF by Big Thief
  10. Ode to Joy by Wilco

 



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